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Ringling Retiring Elephants Is Not Enough, Animal Advocates Say 30.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elephants take a final bow at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, ending a 145-year spectacle that delighted fans but enraged animal activists, who say the highly publicized retirement is not enough. The last 11 elephants touring with "The Greatest Show on Earth" will leave behind their enormous studded tiaras and begin traveling on Monday to Ringling's 200-acre (80-hectare) Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida, said Stephen Payne, spokesman for the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment. Bonnie, Juliette and nine other female Asian elephants are retiring earlier than originally planned, reflecting shifting U.S. attitudes toward animal entertainment. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc <SEAS.N> is phasing out killer whale shows at its amusement parks, halting the breeding of orcas in captivity as of last month and replacing the extravaganzas with what it terms educational encounters by 2019. But the United States has a long way to go, say animal activist ...
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Remembering the Buffalo Soldiers 22.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
New highway designation will commemorate Yosemite’s first black rangers.
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The state vs. activists: How progressive movements are repressed for corporate profit 20.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
April 21, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Managing dissent and controlling the threat posed by progressive movements is a central task of the capitalist state. In addition to direct violence, various techniques of "manufacturing consent" are deployed to marginalize and repress social movements. What is ecoterrorism? According to John Sorenson it is the creation of the animal industrial complex in order to attack the animal rights movement and discredit its ...
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Manitoba's community-led development needs provincial support 12.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Manitoba's community-led development needs provincial support
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Animal Rights: "A Very Noble Cause" or Terrorism? The State Just Can't Decide 25.3.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This week, animal rights activist Tyler Lang received a sentence of time served for his role in freeing 2,000 mink from a fur farm in 2013. Amanda Schemkes, a member of Lang's support team, discusses the legal issues associated with criminalizing this type of direct action. Stories like this only get published because of reader support. Want to see more of them? Donate to Truthout today to ensure we have a future! On Tuesday, animal rights activist Tyler Lang received a sentence of time served for his role in freeing 2,000 mink from a fur farm and spray-painting "Liberation is Love" on the side of a barn in Morris, Illinois, in August 2013. The fur farm closed down as a result of the action. In 2014, Lang and his co-defendant Kevin Johnson were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for the mass animal release -- an act of protest that the pair's supporters refer to as a "mink liberation." On February 29, 2016, Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the ...
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TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison 22.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons, and people. At its heart lies the concept that human and non-human components of the natural world are inseparable. Additionally, TEK links ecology to spirituality and cultural values. Tipi Waterton Lakes National Park A TEK worldview contrasts sharply with the command-and-control approach to the natural world Euro-American settlers brought to North America in the 1600s. In response to the wave of extinction they caused, in the late 1800s US and Canadian leaders created the North American Model of wildlife and forest management. This model was forged by Theodore Roosevelt, who thought nature needed to be conserved by man for our benefit and use, and Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the US Forest Service, who saw natural ...
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Who Can Help Nosey? 18.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A revised letter and excerpts previously sent to President Bill Clinton asking for assistance in getting this information in the right hands. Much has happened in these last 18 years... to the planet, to this nation, to all of us as a very disconnected culture, society and consciousness at the present time. But there are beautiful and dedicated people out there who have truly helped to raise our awareness as to the dire aches and injuries that exist all around us in all walks of life. This is a very challenging time for mankind, especially being so divided as we appear to be, having reached heights of separateness in so many ways and on so many issues, that the problems seem insurmountable and the resolve nowhere in sight. This has left many of us feeling vulnerable and with the thought that putting forth any effort for any cause would simply be futile. In all this unrest and during these troubling times I have personally turned to lending myself, whether it be my voice, my appearance or my involvement ...
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Who Can Help Nosey? 18.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A revised letter and excerpts previously sent to President Bill Clinton asking for assistance in getting this information in the right hands. Much has happened in these last 18 years... to the planet, to this nation, to all of us as a very disconnected culture, society and consciousness at the present time. But there are beautiful and dedicated people out there who have truly helped to raise our awareness as to the dire aches and injuries that exist all around us in all walks of life. This is a very challenging time for mankind, especially being so divided as we appear to be, having reached heights of separateness in so many ways and on so many issues, that the problems seem insurmountable and the resolve nowhere in sight. This has left many of us feeling vulnerable and with the thought that putting forth any effort for any cause would simply be futile. In all this unrest and during these troubling times I have personally turned to lending myself, whether it be my voice, my appearance or my involvement ...
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In 'Game Changing' Move, SeaWorld Finally Ends its Orca Breeding Program 17.3.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

In a decision that animal rights advocates hailed as a "game changer," SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby declared on Thursday that the amusement park will "end all orca breeding programs" in response to intense criticism from protesters.

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This Is How Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio Handle Their Protesters 15.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) watched silently as an animal rights protester stood on a chair and interrupted his stump speech at his second of five stops in Illinois on Monday.  "Thank you for expressing your free speech," Cruz said with a smirk as the crowd began to chant. "OK, I understand you're very, very concerned about the animals, that's wonderful," Cruz continued. "I also happen to care about human beings." As Secret Service agents escorted the woman out of the venue, Cruz commented on how peaceful the interruption was, drawing a clear contrast to the rallies of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, which have had a number of violent incidents  in the last week.  Trump's rally in Chicago was canceled on Friday amid fighting between supporters and protesters. Illinois holds its primary contest on Tuesday.  "Isn't it amazing how we can have that conversation without anyone getting violent?" Cruz said as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause.  The Texas senator faced another ...
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Kidnapping Elephants Won't Save Them 12.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One day you're at home, spending time with your family, getting yourself a snack and thinking about taking a nap. In an instant, your world is turned upside down. Alien beings come in and grab you, tie you up and take you away. You have no idea what's going on. You find yourself in a strange and frightening environment. You desperately want to go home. That scenario is precisely what just happened to 18 elephants who were forcibly removed from their African homeland to spend the rest of their lives behind bars at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, the Dallas Zoo, and Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo. These 18 represent nearly half of the entire elephant population in Swaziland. Make that 17 elephants. One has already died in the process. None of these elephant youngsters--15 are under the age of 12--will see their families or homelands ever again. In a spin that would impress even P.T. Barnum, the zoos are portraying themselves as the good guys ... yet the transfer was done in the utmost secrecy ...
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Bernie Sanders, Animal Agribusiness Stooge? 9.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article was co-authored with Zachary Groff, an economics researcher, effective altruist , and animal rights activist with Direct Action Everywhere . Every year, a single industry destroys billions of lives. Despite public disapproval, the industry makes every attempt possible to hide from scrutiny. With massive donations to political campaigns and corporate lobbyists, the industry has captured our government. If this were the fossil fuel industry, activists could count on presidential contender Bernie Sanders's support. If it were the financial industry, activists could count on Bernie's support. But the industry is animal agriculture, and based on a conversation relayed by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on Saturday, Bernie Sanders's anti-corporate politics come to an end when it comes to agribusiness. Friday evening Russell Simmons shocked Bernie Sanders fans, including us, by revoking his January endorsement of Bernie Sanders and endorsing Hillary Clinton instead. Jane Sanders, Bernie's wife, ...
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The Eerie Parallels Between Big Ag and Wall Street 8.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Could America's animal welfare regime be on the verge of a historic collapse? -- On Thursday, the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) published an investigatory report and video exposé of a major egg supplier to Safeway and Trader Joe's showing hens crammed in filthy conditions, diseased, and dying by the hundreds. The disturbing footage was shot in California, where voters in 2008 resoundingly approved Proposition 2 (which barred intensive confinement of hens), and at a farm that was certified as humane by the American Humane Association. The wide gap between appearance and reality, however, is completely unsurprising to those of us who are close observers of animal agriculture. Prior investigations by DxE have uncovered hens languishing in manure pits at a "certified humane, cage-free" egg farm. Another DxE investigation discovered that "free range" turkeys were actually being raised indoors in filthy industrial sheds . Freedom of Information Act Requests by the Animal Welfare ...
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SeaWorld Admits Using Employees to Spy on Animal Rights Activists 26.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby has for the first time admitted that the company's workers have posed as animal rights activists to spy on critics of the park's treatment of captive marine creatures.

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SeaWorld Dispatched Employees To Infiltrate Animal Rights Groups 26.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SeaWorld had employees pose as animal rights activists to collect information for the company after it reportedly received threats, the wildlife theme park announced Thursday. It said it has stopped the practice.  "Following the completion of an investigation conducted by independent outside counsel, the Board has directed that the company’s management team end a practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of company employees, customers, and animals in the face of credible threats that the company had received," SeaWorld said in a statement .  SeaWorld did not specify the nature of the threats in the statement. However,  many animal rights campaigns  have targeted the company since the 2013 release of "Blackfish," a film that sheds a negative light on its killer whale exhibits.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organization that has been a longtime critic of the park, alleged last year that a man ...
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Europe is Targeting Smugglers to Deter Refugees, Not Help Them 19.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece was co-authored by Sarah Aziza, a writer and human rights activist working in New York City and the Middle East. @SarahAziza1. Responsible commentary on the smuggling of migrants into Europe must begin with an answer to the question of a five-year-old Syrian refugee: "Daddy, why don't we just take the airplane?" The painful truth is that European Union policy intentionally prevents refugees from accessing safe and legal means of transportation, leaving them no choice but to risk their lives on dangerous and illegal smuggling voyages. Despite frigid winter weather, thousands continue to make the trip, which has resulted in nearly 400 deaths so far this year. While the E.U. has dutifully decried the "crisis," its most recent actions will only make things worse for refugees. Just last week, the E.U. struck a hasty agreement with NATO to deploy warships to intimidate migrants seeking refuge on European soil. With this unprecedented level of militarization, Europe (and the rest of NATO) is treating ...
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Tyson Foods Accused of Dumping More Poison to Waterways Than Exxon, Dow and Koch 12.2.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Factory Farm via Shutterstock) The environmental advocacy group Environment America has released an analysis that concludes meat manufacturer Tyson Foods is a bigger polluter of American waterways than Exxon, Dow, Koch and pretty much anyone else - with the sole exception of AK Steel Holding Corp (and AK Steel only wins by a hair). The animal-slaughter mega-power is the world's biggest processor of chicken, beef and pork, and is said to be the second largest meat producer in the world. While Tyson Foods' website maintains it "[works] with thousands of family farmers every day to provide safe nutritious food for people all over the world," animal rights and environmental groups paint a different picture of the company entirely. Environment America's summation notes that Tyson, like other behemoth polluters, is required to report certain emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program. When Environment America "crunched the numbers," it concluded the ...
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There's No 'Big Fix' For Water Crises 9.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO – January 27 was the 100th anniversary of Hatfield’s flood. You may have missed the occasion unless you were with Cynthia Barnett . Barnett, an environmental journalist, has written three books about water and last week she was in Corte Madera, California discussing her most recent book, " Rain: A Natural and Cultural History ," which was nominated for the National Book award. In "Rain," Barnett writes about Californian Charles Hatfield. Hatfield was a “rainmaker” – someone who persuaded the public that he could conjure precipitation with a mix of special chemicals. In 1915 Hatfield convinced the San Diego City Council to pay him $10,000 if he could bring enough water to San Diego by year's end to fill Morena Reservoir. “He built his derrick, he climbed it, he was cooking up all these chemicals in a pan and right away it began to rain and rain and rain and flood,” said Barnett. “This is in January 1916. The reservoir filled, it overtopped and then the dam broke.” The flood wiped out houses, ...
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The Victims of Gun Violence Politicians Won't Talk About 2.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece was co-authored by Rockwell Schwartz, recent graduate of Vassar College's Science, Technology, & Society program. A shooting is happening right now at Vassar College. It is the fourth the campus has seen in the past six years. Over 115 have already been killed, their blood spilled on the college fields. Yet, it's unlikely you've heard anything about it. The national media remains silent; not even the local news has covered the grieving families or lost friends. No candlelight vigils, no memorials, no communal mourning, as the victims remain unidentified and seemingly forgotten. What's happening at Vassar College should be shocking, but similar shootings have been largely ignored across the country. The annual death toll climbs well into the millions, yet there is no accurate record of the casualties. Why? Because the victims were born as members of the wrong species. In the brewing national discussion on gun violence, the most numerous victims--animals--are left out of the conversation. For ...
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Come on Mr. Mayor, Leave the Central Park Carriage Horses Alone 1.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
New York City is a wonderful city, but, like many wonderful places, it has its problems: homelessness, poverty, underperforming schools, decaying infrastructure, 600 miles of vulnerable coastline, and the ever present threat of crime and terrorism. Nowhere on the list of priorities or problems would I place the horse-drawn carriages that line up on Central Park South and give tourists, and the occasional romantic local, a quick spin through the lower park. Like the Staten Island Ferry, the Met, Lincoln Center, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, this place and these carriages are an iconic piece of the city that never sleeps. Experts I have spoken to tell me that these horses are healthy and well-treated and the energies of animal rights experts to ban them are misplaced and would be better spent on the many truly abused animals in our city, not to mention the abused humans. In Jim Dwyer's January 21 New York Times column, he explains the real estate interests behind the proposed carriage ban and, as ...
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